I'm there with the angry people who bought this mower, never used the catcher since day one, i just zip tied 3/4 open that lid, the clogging is insane, wet or dry makes no difference, and i mow dry 99% of time , i just tape the brake cause when using cause its super annoying.
This thing gets abused beyond ridiculous, i mean i made a huge pile of branches from a tree i trimmed , put it on top of the pile and eventually it disappeared, was impressed .
starts FIRST pull every time ,(somehow) ,
still on original oil, spark plug, ai...
Purchased in September 2014 at Mower place Browns plains for $739.00.
Doesn't live up to the Honda Hype
After purchasing a Honda 4 stroke trimmer and being impressed with it, I purchased a Honda Mulch n Catch to replace my aging and rusty Victa Hawk. For an alloy base Mower it is very heavy, both to lift and transport, and to manoeuvre. The blade brake is frustrating to the point of me clamping it on and the lack of any sort of throttle nothing short of ridiculous. The chute is simply too small and clogs easily whether the grass is wet or dry, constantly stopping the Mower to empty the catcher and clear the chute makes an hour job take nearly do...uble. I've since sold it on Gumtree and replaced it with a classic Victa Pace. Half the cost and legendary Victa reliability. However Honda do make the best engines in the business, it's a real shame they have over complicated what could be a magic machine.
Waste of time and money
The mower has potential to cut the grass if only it worked. It starts easy then after 5 minutes starts surging then just stops. You then have to leave it an hour or more before you can start it again. Have taken it back to service people 5 times already. They can't find a problem. I think the mower is just faulty and should be recalled. I want my money back. We spent a lot of money on this mower so I would have an easy job of mowing the lawn. All I have is trouble.
Add me to the long list of owners who hate this mower. I bought mine a couple of years ago and have regretted it ever since.
The chute continually clogs if the grass is the slightest bit damp. It takes me twice as long to cut the lawn because I'm forever having to remove the catcher to unblock the chute. The mower doesn't start easily, on average at least 6 pulls. It has now developed a problem where the engine won't shut off, I'm guessing the throttle cable has slipped and needs adjustment. The mower has only seen around 25 hours use so it's hardly broken in. My old $400 Victa 4 stroke walks all over this mower for ease of use and reliability. I won't be buying a Honda again.
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If you want to spend more time mowing the lawn then buy a new Honda, because this newer design will clog up before the cuttings go into the catcher whether the grass is excessively dry, large, thick or even slightly moist under growth. The Mower Body discharge area has been drastically reduced compared to the older models which in turn clogs very easily therefore one has to bend down and clear, then refit the catcher before starting again. Mentioned this to my Hervey Bay dealer who of course replied he hadn't had anyone mention this yet, go fig...ure. When it does clog up, the engine starts to scream as it very quickly gets too hot due to the blockage. Also the Safety Lever? bracket digs into my abdominal area when turning round and has left some black bruises. I very much regret buying this mower and would strongly recommend others look for a mower that has a full discharge area. Why any Design Engineer would restrict the discharge area as they have done here is beyond me. And please don't ask me for further info Honda, I filled in and sent your survey back to you regards this and Honda never ever replied to me.
A mower made by someone who has never mowed
So I only bought this mower a few days ago and really wish I did more research into it before hand. My main complaint is the ridiculous engine brake that requires the arm under the handle to be engaged to run the mower, if you let go then the mower will turn off within 3 seconds. It sounds ok on paper but start mowing and you see how unpractical this is. Say you are mowing and see a stick ahead that needs to be removed, you walk away to get it and the mower has turned off straight away. I really question the longevity of the mower for the c...onstant starting that will be required and all though its first start now I doubt it will be first start in 5-10 years as with other Honda's I have used. As a somewhat fix to this problem I have put a cable tie around the handle and the safety arm that I then move down when I want to turn the mower off. it does get somewhat annoying though to have a cable tie resting on your hand while you mow. The other issue I have is the auto choke, once again straight out of the box that's all good and well but in the future I want to be able to use the choke to diagnose problems and determine how well the mower is running, the absence of the choke also means the only way to shut the mower off is via the safety bar unless you pull the spark plug. If you like to fold the handle bars up for storage or transport your mower around then you wont like the mechanism for this. You practically need to remove the the screws off the thread to get enough room to pivot the handles over, this is more tedious than any mower I have used. The actual mower mows very well, its a strong motor and does a great job of mulching. It's sturdy and the wheels don't feel as though they will fall off. Others have mentioned the ease of emptying the catcher and I'll have to somewhat disagree, if you fill it to 90% capacity then the grass will easily tip out unless you hold it up at as your removing it but you'll still spill some. Until Honda remove this engine brake I cannot recommend this mower to anyone. Sturdy, strong engine, mulcher works well, cuts grass like a breeze. Engine break that must be engaged for the mower to be on (hands must be on at all times or it turns off), handle bars do not fold easily, auto choke will not be ideal in the long term.
Honda engineering gone backwards.
I have been using my new Honda lawn mower HRU19M1 for about 3 months now and I have to honestly say this mower is the worst mower I have ever used!
I was going to buy a Victa Mustang with the Honda engine and I let myself get suckered into getting this Honda. The Honda was $750 and the Victa mustang was $670. The sales person at the mower shop was telling me all the contractors use Hondas so they have to be right, with all of its you buiet features of a rear discharge, stronger wheels and frame bla bla bla.
I really wished I didn't listen...to this sales person and got the Victa and here is why. First thing is this stupid blade stop technology. What technology!? All your doing is stopping the engine when you release the handle. Your neighbours are going to think your an [censored word removed] mowing the grass with the mower starting and stopping all the time when you empty the catcher. So I thought a way around this was to use a rag to tie down the handle so it is always on. Well that's not a good idea! Since there is no throttle in this model (thats right you can't control the speed of the engine) you cant slow down the engine so when taking off the catcher grass just flys up everywhere and I mean everywhere its like it explodes from the mower!
Questions & Answers
What should you do if the two blades come loose and start tilting at an angle? The bolts don't seem to be engineered to stop this tilting.
Hi Chindoly - I checked my lawn mower over the weekend and mine doesn't seem to be having this issue. I bought my Honda at an authorised Honda retailer and had my extra 2 blades installed by them at the time of purchase, so if I was experiencing this problem I would go back to them to rectify. I hope this helps.
The blades are purposely designed to swing back when they strike a hard object. They do this to save your blades and crankshaft. The blade swings straight when engine is engaged due to constant gravity
Jeremy.jeraki , don't you mean "centrifugal force" causes the blades to straighten when the engine is running?
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|Category||Petrol Lawn Mowers|
|Features||Blade Brake, Mulching Capability and Quick-Start Motor|
|Catcher Capacity||60 L|
|Cutting Deck Material||Aluminium Alloy|
|Cutting Width||470 mm|
|Height of Cut||16 mm to 76 mm|
|Number of Blades||1|
|Manufacturer Warranty||4 year(s)|
|Engine / Motor|
|Engine Name||Honda GCV160 4-Stroke|
|Release date||Sept 2010|
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